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“This has to be the best restaurant in the world!”

Ultraviolet by Paul Pairet
Ranked #22 of 16,906 Restaurants in Shanghai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $584 - $875
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Conceived by Paul Pairet for over 15 years and opened in May 2012, Ultraviolet is the first restaurant of its kind uniting food with multi-sensorial technologies in order to create a fully immersive dining experience. A single table of ten seats only. A dining room of high-end technology. A 20-course "Avant-Garde" set menu. All guests sit together. The experience unfolds as a play. Food leads. Each course is enhanced with its own taste-tailored atmosphere: lights, sounds, music, scents, projection, images and imagination... And food.
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24 reviews
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“This has to be the best restaurant in the world!”
Reviewed May 18, 2013 via mobile

A dinner at Ultraviolet is so much more than a dinner. It's an enchanting journey for each of our 5 senses. To say that Paul Pairet is a genious is an understatement. Each dish is served in an unexpected way, and surprises are neverending. One could think that what's around would enable the food to taste better. Well, no! Close your eyes and you'll realize you do have in your mouth a fireworks of unexpected tastes and textures like you never had before.
There's only one problem with this place: the time you need to wait to get a seat... As a matter of fact we have already booked our next journey planned towards the end of August. In the meantime we will try to survive

  • Visited May 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Unlike anything you've ever experienced”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Paul Pairet and his team have crafted an event, not just a meal. It doesn't even do it justice writing a review as you simply have to experience it to believe it. Let's just say you're whisked away on a magical mystery bus from Mr & Mrs Bund, and after 5 hours of tingling sensations you're returned right where you started, a little inebriated and heavier, but a whole lot happier. The one problem is it really can't be topped, so even the best restaurants you visit after feels a little less, well, tame.

  • Visited March 2013
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2 Thank onefootforward
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Sydney, Australia
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43 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Fun and fulfilling experience”
Reviewed April 18, 2013

Paul Pairet and his team work together to present course after course of tasty surprises. The whole evening has been planned well with perfect execution of choreography. The evening caters to around 10 diners and bookings must be made months in advance. My favourites were "micro fish no chips" for taste and for fun factor "hibernatus gummies". The experience was a delight for all senses.

  • Visited April 2013
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5 Thank AshleyHolidays
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Brisbane, Australia
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70 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Great Fun”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

It was a great night out - lots of laughs and fun and of course brilliant food and service. Totally off the wall without any pretentiousness or stuffiness. The guests loved it, the staff seemed to really enjoy it, the chef was personable. I am not sure if it is a theatrical production or a fine dining restaurant but who cares, just go with the flow and enjoy it.

  • Visited April 2013
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5 Thank metairi
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NYC
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A celebration of food”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

I decided to try Ultraviolet without a true understanding of what it is. Likely because it isn't like any restaurant I've been to before. There is a reason this is the number 1 restaurant in Shanghai. It is expensive and it is worth it.

So many fabulous courses with an experience you will not forget. I also liked that it doesn't feel pretentious compared with some places. Just a team of excellent chefs and servers sharing something they are clearly passionate about. The menu will get an update sometime around May 2013 and I will be heading back for another visit.

  • Visited March 2013
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4 Thank travelgrl11
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